Ideas for John's Loft
Based on everything I've seen, if you leave all those brick walls unpainted, then the rest has to go very white. Any other colors compete with the brick. I've included a few photos of painted brick walls, just to give you a taste. As for the ceiling, everyone seems to do the beams darker than the space between the beams: I've not found a good example of the reverse, which is what we discussed.
in addition to the painted wall, note the possible geometry for a re-designed staircase.
note the ceiling